The hugely successful and much-respected British musician and songwriter Jamie Cullum returns with the album Taller. His eighth studio record, it released by Island Records, and represents a striking new direction. Cullum wrote and recorded the new album at the studio of his longtime friend and collaborator Troy Miller, whose credits include Emeli Sand√©, Mark Ronson and Laura Mvula. The ten-track Taller has the artist revealing a powerful and intimate vulnerability that‚Äôs being described as having ‚Äúall the passion and intrigue you would expect from a debut record.‚Äù The album arrives almost five years after Cullum‚Äôs last set, Interlude. The tone of the new project came after it began in a different incarnation, before he went back to basics to write about subjects that were personal to him or had aroused his creative curiosity. Funk, pop and gospel are among the influences on display on Taller, on such tracks as Usher, Drink and Mankind.